Top Stunts To Do With Your Longboard

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Planning on grabbing your longboard and hitting the concrete? We’ve got all manner of stunts for you to try. And here’s what you need to know if you’re planning on buying a longboard.
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OK, first things first – what’s a longboard? For the uninitiated, it’s much like a skateboard, only longer.

This extra length makes it great for downhill and slalom racing, as well as cruising and sliding. Except… that’s not the whole story. Just to confuse you, some longboards are, in fact, shorter than the average skateboard. But what they tend to have in common is bigger, softer wheels. This means they offer a faster, smoother ride. It also makes them great for street riding as they’re better at handling small obstacles.
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You can buy your longboard all set up and ready to go, or you can have your own custom board built to order. Obviously this is a pricier option, but it gives you total free reign on design. But it’s not just about looks – there are some technical issues to think about, too. 

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The first one to consider is your longboard wheel base – in other words, the distance from the back to the front wheels. Why’s this important? Because it affects how tight your board turns. Having a tight turn is what allows you to make U-turns and manoeuvre through obstacles. It’s also important for downhill carving.
 
Other technical stuff to think about includes the deck shape and trucks, as well as flex quality and deck characteristics. You’ll find plenty of articles online or in skateboard magazines that will tell you what you know. It’s also worth calling a skateboard shop and asking a few questions – most enthusiasts will be happy to pass on their knowledge to a newbie.
 
You can spend years learning the ins and outs of longboarding – indeed, many people do! But what if you just want to get on a board and ride, without having to read an encyclopaedia on the subject? If that’s the case, then all you really need to think about is this: 

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How much are you prepared to pay?

Longboards vary hugely in price. You can pick one up second-hand from around £30. But for something made to your own requirements, you could be looking at more than £700. 

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What kind of riding do you like to do?

Cruising/carving longboards are a great all-round ride that let you take wide turns on the street. The overall feel is a bit like surfing. Or if you want to pick up the pace, try a downhill board. Freestyle boards, meanwhile, let you pull some of the coolest street skate tricks. 

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What build are you?

Your height and weight will have a bearing on the type of board you should go for, so talk to an expert about which one will be best for you.  

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So now you’ve got your board covered, it’s time to think about what stunts you can do on it. The good news is that there are literally hundreds of tricks you can perform on a longboard. Hell, there are even people who do longboard dancing (check on YouTube!) But here are a few tricks you can pull off as a beginner: 

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Longboard stunts

1.The Ollie
This all-time classic trick works just as well on a longboard as it does a short. Simply pop the board with your heel foot and then bend your knees to rise with the longboard.
 
2.The 360
Start with an Ollie, then spin your board all the way round before landing.
 
3.The Melon
This is a simple grab trick. Again, you need to start with an Ollie. Once you’re in the air, grab the middle of the board and push it forward with your hands.
 
4.The Shove-It
While you’re in the air, use your feet to spin the board. Then, once you’ve got the hang of that, you can start adding in some other moves.
 
And there you have it. Now get out there and do some tricks. And if you really want to be like the pros, you can film yourself and post the videos online. 
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